I’ve never been one of those people that can stomach typical off the shelf protein shake mixes. Too…chemical tasting for me!
I’ve tried a LOT of homemade protein shakes, but I needed one that was low carb, low sugar AND I wanted it to taste creamy.
Long story short, I found out that by adding a little cottage cheese to your protein shakes it changes the texture and the taste. It literally transforms drab into an almost Frosty like texture.
This shake is so weird. And so good. And so healthy. The cool thing is you can modify the ingredients to make your own taste buds happy! It tastes like a decadent fudge dessert….I mean, well, IT IS a decadent dessert shake!! Enjoy!
Creamy Chocolate Protein Shake
1/2 Cup Almond Milk (I like unsweetened vanilla)
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
2 1/2 teaspoon high quality chocolate baking powder
2 Tablespoons Cottage Cheese
2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
1 Scoop Collagen Powder, unflavored
2 to 4 Teaspoons of Sweetner*
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Start with the milk, crushed ice. Blend, blend, and blend some more. Then add the remaining ingredients.
Blend until smooth and creamy. The texture should be creamy and velvety!
Personal growth is such a simple concept, yet how often to we really give time to growing and learning ourselves? With more time at home, I’m learning to set aside a few minutes each week to better myself. Here’s a few fun ways anyone can pursue learning opportunities:
Three Easy Ways to Practice Personal Growth
One: Take up a new hobby! Spend few minutes each day learning a new language or try calligraphy. What things are on your bucket list that you never seem to have time for? Do that.
Two: Learn to be self sufficient. Can you learn to mend clothes? Plant an herb garden? Think of something that would give you peace of mind and yet be relaxing as well. I’m hoping to learn more gardening tips this year!
Three: Find an artistic outlet! Watercolor? Oil based painting? Pastels? Nature Photography? Find an art medium and go for it. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it can be.
What ways are you learning personal growth strategies? Share below!
With many families home this week making dinner using simple pantry items, I thought I would share quick ideas on how to create dinners using pantry items.
Oatmeal: Cook according to package. Mix in ideas: nuts, Chocolate chips, or even jelly to sweeten if you are out of sugar.
Granola: Bake 1 cup oats, 1 cup nuts, 1 cup coconut, 1/2 Cup honey at 350 or until the mixture is golden brown. Great with fruit or yogurt!
Black Bean Nachos: Rinse and drain a can of black beans. Heat on the stove until a low boil starts. Remove from heat and pour over tortilla chips. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 until the cheese has melted.
Black Bean Soup: Heat 1 can of black beans (rinsed) and 1 can of rotel. Add taco seasoning to taste. Top with sour cream, cheese, etc.
White Bean Soup: Heat two cans of white beans with 1 cup chicken broth. and 1 can chicken (shredded). Season with salt and pepper. Serve with sour cream or cheddar cheese.
Simple Alfredo: This recipe is made with heavy cream, butter and cheese. You can find the full recipe here.
5 Can Taco Soup: All it takes is five cans to make this creamy soup! Check out the recipe here.
I love Tex-Mex food. Give me all the tacos and enchiladas…better yet, give it to me in soup form! This chicken enchilada soup recipe is so easy, anyone can make it! It’s creamy and can easily be adjusted for heat preference…we love our spice around here!
5 Can Chicken Enchilada Soup
1 Can Chicken, Shredded
1 Can Rotel or Diced Tomatos, drained
1 Can of Pinto Beans or White Beans, drained
1 Can Chicken Broth
1 Can Corn, drained**
3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, heat ingredients until boiling. Reduce heat and let it simmer until the broth has reduced. About 10 to 15 minutes.
Ladle soup into bowls with 1 tsp of sour cream. Stir the cream into your soup until creamy. Add cheese, corn chips, avacados…even a dash of hot sauce!
**For a thicker soup, use half the broth.
If you like your soup with added kick: Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder or lime chili powder. We love to top ours with jalapenos!
I love teaching preschool activities to my kids. When we were foster parents, I also had the privilege to teach preschool at home for a few months. Scouring resources and coming up with learning activities are my wheelhouse! You don’t have to have special curriculum to get started either-you can just use items around your house!
Teach Preschoolers Responsibility
Preschool aged children love being trusted and being given responsibility. It helps satisfy their new taste for independence and keeps them busy. A few easy ways to teach responsibility through preschool activities:
Give them a rag to help dust furniture.
Let them hand wash any of your plastic dishes.
Teach them the basics of making their bed (they will need help!)
Let them sweep or swiffer the floors
Set a timer to let them pick up toys when it’s time to go to bed.
Preschool Development with Sensory Activities
Sensory learning is crucial for preschool development! It helps them with fine motor skills, building confidence and so much more. You don’t need the latest wooden toys, either. You can use items around the house!
Fill a bowl with black beans or rice. Hide small age appropriate toys for the kids to find! Kind of like the game “I Spy” but with sensory bins!
Fill a bucket with water and let them wash some of their plastic toys
Fill a bowl with shaving cream or whipped cream and let them play in it for a few minutes. Will it make a mess? Yep! But, they will remember it for years to come.
Try making homemade play dough or slime. There are tons of recipes out there!
Fill a bow with ice cubes. Let the kids touch the ice cubes. Ask them how it feels. Can they name the appropriate term “Cold”?
Have the kids count a bag of cotton balls or pom poms!
Preschool Activities For Art
Art in preschool is the best! There are so many creative ways to teach kids the importance of art. It boosts morale, gives them a creative outlet among other things!
Take a piece of paper to a tree and let the kids slide the color back and forth. It will make a unique design, plus it doubles as sensory learning!
Try painting with cotton balls to make polka dots!
Watercolor painting is a great calming activity.
Drawing with chalk outside is always a great art project!
Utilize the plethora of Art Classes hosted online! A quick google search should give you tons of ideas!
Other things to Teach Preschool Kids
Storytelling (Ask them to tell you a story based on a word: Pig, Cow, Etc.
Difference between night and day
Lyrics To Kids Songs (BIBLE, Old MacDonald, etc)
Read To Your Preschooler
Many teachers and education experts agree that reading to your children is a huge benefit and one of the most important things you can do for your child’s education. Here’s a few ideas:
Read while they eat breakfast
Listen to audio books while going for a drive
Listen to audio books while cleaning
Read to Them Before Quiet Time
Read to Them Before Bedtime
Free Printables For Preschoolers
Take advantage of free printables for preschoolers! It’s a great boredom buster and kids feel accomplished when they complete them! Types of printables you can look for:
Self care is so important! We all need it to stay positive and sane.
Between rainy weather (it has been endless around here!) and many in self-isolation, it’s important to take care of yourself. As moms, we are often running to and fro and need time to settle down and take care of ourselves.
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